With the onset of mobile broadband from almost every carrier, will Wi-Fi still have its place in the market? Will it truly be needed once a broadband connection can be used- not only at home and in the office but everywhere else as well? The wireless carriers say yes.
Beyond that, carriers are making strides to partner with broadband providers to offer access to hotspots all across the country in hopes of subsidizing their own networks and providing coverage in areas where mobile broadband signals aren’t the strongest.
Qwest, for example, has partnered with AT&T to offer its high-speed Internet subscribers free access to over 17,000 hotspots, it said recently, and Verizon Communications is getting ready to partner with Boingo Wireless to do the same. Carriers and broadband providers alike believe Wi-Fi will always maintain its relevancy due to cheaper international data roaming, much better indoor coverage and the ubiquity of built-in support for the technology.
No matter how advanced and ubiquitous mobile broadband becomes, Wi-Fi will always compliment it nicely due to several advantages. Continue Reading
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RCR Wireless News has released a Special Report titled 10 Trends in Wireless Mobility. This special report is full of solid information about trends in wireless that are worth knowing about. While it is not about mobile marketing per se, it is about the wireless industry as a whole – without which there would be no mobile marketing.
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Ever hear of Xanadoo? I read about them on Information Week earlier today (here). They’re carving out a nice niche for themselves. They’ve partnered with Navini to provide and deploy a Mobile WiMAX solution for rural markets where traditional network connectivity just doesn’t exist. Xanadoo provides the modems and network connectivity and Navini is providing the mobile wireless network infrastructure.
Last week Xanadoo reported 12,000 subscribers in 4 rural markets! It’s easy to see why this is an attractive offer for consumers that are unable to get DSL or Cable. Xanadoo has consumer friendly mobile internet service plans and a dirt simple zero install plug and play wireless modem.
- 5 desktop modem plans (no phone or cable service requirements)
- A PCMCIA plan
- A low end plan that starts at $14.95 per month
- No annual service plan options
Naturally, not all customers are on the $14.95 plan, do the math, these folks are generating some revenue in just 4 markets. They have 2.5GHz licenses in the following markets which covers 8M people.
- West Virginia
They’re barely scratching the surface with 12,000 subscribers and have a great opportunity to grow considerably.
Posted in Mobile Internet, Mobile Networks, Technology, WiMAX
If you’re a mobile broadband geek you might want to check out WiMAX World which is set to kick off later this Month in Chicago. I know some folks that I work with that should be attending this thing but I just found out about the show tonight. It’s being billed as the world’s largest Mobile/Wireless Broadband Event focused on WiMAX.
Though this page indicates 3,700 attendees, it’s actually over 4,300 now according to the graphic on the home page. Here’s the WiMAX World conference schedule and you can pick up a free WiMAX World Expo Pass too.
Posted in Mobile Conferences, Mobile Networks, News, WiMAX
Forbes mentioned that Sprint Nextel and Clearwire are building out a mobile broadband network using WiMAX technologies.
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